Tucked right in the middle of Tasmania's North Coast, Devonport is often the first stopping point for visitors. With picturesque national parks, cultural history, and plenty of food and wine, there's soemthing here for visitors of all ages. If you're planning a trip to Devonport, make sure you put some of these unique locales on your "things to do around Devonport" list.
Bass Strait Maritime Center
The center is devoted to preserving the history of the area's maritime past and is one of the most popular attractions in Devonport. Ships were an integral building block in the development of the area, and the center is striving to keep this history alive. Book a spot on the Julie Bergess, a fully restored fishing boat, for an adventure you won't be able to replicate. The two-hour trip will course through the waters as you take in the sights of Devonport and listen to the sail as it flaps in the wind. The area is rich with the mystery of shipwrecks, and the museum's "Ship's Graveyard" exhibit details the stories of the hundreds of ships that now live below the waves. Scattered amongst the stories are artifacts salvaged from various wreck sites.
The art gallery is nestled inside a Baptist church that was built in 1904. The exhibits in the art gallery are revolving, so there's always something new to see. The gallery strives to create exhibits from local and national artists that provide unique viewpoints on Australia's culture. Permanent exhibits include sculptures, textiles, photographs, and watercolours. Edith Holmes, Dorothy Stoner, and Bea Maddock are just a handful of the artists on permanent display.
Tasmania has a diverse variety of native tree and plant species. The Arboretum contains the world's largest collection of woody plants and Southern Hemisphere Conifers. Enjoy collections from around the world, including Asia, the Himalayas, Europe, and North America. Take a two hour guided tour for the most educational experience where you'll get all of the details on the Arboretum's history, its mission, and its green inhabitants. If you're tired of fighting the crowds at Devonport's parks, you can bring your picnic right to the center of the Arboretum for a quiet picnic in the most beautiful of settings.
Home Hill is a timber house built in 1916 that was home to Tasmania's only Prime Minister, John Lyons, his wife, and their 12 children. The home is filled with personal belongings and furniture of the family, offering unique insight into the country's political history. Manicured gardens complete the quaint feel of the home, and afternoon teas are available with a pre-purchased ticket.
Don River Railway
Along with ships, the railroad has played a huge part in developing Tasmania. You'll head to Coles Beach on a vintage train where the engineer will educate the group on the history of the area, the railway, and the railcars you're riding in. The ride lasts a half an hour one way, and once you get back, you can explore the collection of historical railcars, artifacts, and educational exhibits.
Whether you're interested in the thick forests or the sandy coast, Devonport tourist attractions are varied and perfect for visitors of all ages. Enjoy the friendly locals, good food, and sunny weather!